Starting quarterback C.J. Brown was knocked out of Saturday’s 41-16 loss at Florida State after a helmet-to-helmet hit in the third quarter. But Brown and Edsall said Brown, who was initially woozy, passed all requisite tests by the team’s medical staff and was cleared to return to the game.
Nonetheless, Edsall played Danny O’Brien, who had been benched in the second quarter of the Oct. 8 loss at Georgia Tech, the rest of the way Saturday. O’Brien led the Terrapins on two touchdown-scoring drives, showing off some of his touch that helped him win the ACC rookie of the year award last season.
Florida State Coach Jimbo Fisher said, "When it was a two-score game and Danny O'Brien is in the game, and when he's in the game and the ball is in his hands, I am going to tell you anything can happen."
The larger question is whether Maryland (2-5, 1-3 ACC) has any chance to rally for a bowl berth after struggling in so many areas during its first seven games of the season.
Edsall on Saturday praised his players for fighting back in the second half against what he called probably the best defense his team has played all season.
“We have to coach them better,” Edsall said. “Kids have to do their part. The thing is, you take a look, there are some positive things out there. We’re just not doing enough positive things against these type of teams we have just played the last two weeks with their speed and athleticism. We just don’t match up with the speed and athleticism of Clemson and Florida State. That is what we are going to from a recruiting standpoint.”
I then asked Edsall whether he felt he currently has enough talent at Maryland to win at the level he thinks is possible.
“Yeah, we can win,” Edsall said. “And we are going to win. I have no doubt about that. We are going to win. It is going to get done. I am confident of it. The players are confident of it. The coaches are confident of it. We are going to get it done.”
I then asked whether Edsall still has reason to believe this team can reach a bowl game, considering it needs to win four of the final five games.
“Yes,” he said. “I think we can win every game.”